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Movie-A-Day #68: Panic in the Streets (1950).

March 9, 2011

Today is Panic Day in the United States. I suppose, given the state of the nation, one could argue that every day is Panic Day. But regardless, today is a day set aside to focus on all the terrible things in life that we should panic about. In the excellent “Panic in the Streets,” it’s the pneumonic plague that is the cause of panic as a public health official (Richard Widmark) and a police captain (Paul Douglas) have to team up to track down a ruthless underworld hood (Jack Palance) who may be unsuspectingly infecting the city of New Orleans. A great, tough thriller from Elia Kazan.

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